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Moroccan Jews Concerned by Suspension of Mail, Services with Israel

Moroccan Jewish leaders expressed fears today that a suspension by Morocco of postal relations with Israel may lead to an unofficial censorship of mail received or sent by Moroccan Jews. The goal of such a censorship, it was felt, would be to prevent mailing to Israel through emissaries or contacts in third countries.

A spokesman for the Moroccan Ministry of Posts in Rabat said that postal ties had been suspended indefinitely and that residents of Morocco would hereafter be unable to receive either mail or parcels from Israel. Because nearly all Moroccan Jewish families have members living in Israel, the effect of the decision is to abruptly sever family ties.

Jewish leaders also have expressed anxiety about a ban on a large section of the Jewish press following the Arab League meeting in Casablanca. The measure was described as adding further to the feelings of anxiety and insecurity of Moroccan Jews.